Harvey Leads Twice but Takes Fourth After Incident Bassingham kart star Jack Harvey starred at the annual Kart Masters open event at the PF International circuit near Fulbeck at the weekend (July 31/August 1). The Allens Group backed racer...
Harvey Leads Twice but Takes Fourth After Incident
Bassingham kart star Jack Harvey starred at the annual Kart Masters open event at the PF International circuit near Fulbeck at the weekend (July 31/August 1). The Allens Group backed racer showed his skill and determination to overcome a disqualification in the heats to star in both finals on Sunday.
The televised event brought the best kart racers from across Europe to the local venue and Harvey was up against his regular rivals from the ELF/BTE Lawline Super One Championship and BRDC Stars of Tomorrow Championship. However, it was a battle for silverware and honours rather than title points this weekend.
A small technical problem after one of the heats caused Harvey to lose his times from earlier in the weekend. The setback meant the 11-year-old had to raise his game in the 1st final.
He started from 17th on the grid and a storming drive meant he crossed the line in third place, picking up his first podium result of the season against his rivals.
The result was just what the reigning WTP Champion needed and third place on the Grand Final grid meant that he was in a good position to step onto the podium at the end of the weekend.
Harvey got a great start in the 13-lap final, holding the inside line and his third place as the rest of the pack jostled for position behind. A handful of laps later and he made a move for the lead, diving up the inside at the first corner.
He kept the rest of the grid at bay for a few laps before dropping to third once again. However, he was not prepared to stay there and within two laps had moved back to the front of the field.
With just a handful of laps left to go and Harvey was in a commanding position. He dropped back into fourth place, but was able to stay with the leaders and was looking for a place to snatch second or third in the closing stages.
Bad luck was about to fall for the youngster though. A last lap collision at the final hairpin meant that Jack got a tap from behind. While acknowledging the officials that he wasn't involved with the incident the leaders were able to gain a small advantage and it left him in fourth place at the chequered flag.
A frustrated Harvey was disappointed with his result, but pleased with his performance over the course of the weekend.
"I really wanted to get onto the podium this weekend so to end up in fourth is actually a bad result for me," said Harvey. "But, the result and my drive in the 1st final put us in contention for the win at the end and it could have been a lot worse after our problems earlier in the weekend," he added.
"I'm very pleased with the drive from 17th to third and also to lead the grand final race twice and be there right to the end though. It means that we have the speed to be at the sharp end of the field and I am definitely going to go into the next round of the Stars of Tomorrow round next weekend with the aim to get onto the podium," he said.
Jack's next race takes place at the Three Sisters circuit near Wigan next weekend (August 7/8).